Neurological Gerontological Changes

Cerebral blood flow decreases, neuron's do not regenerate, peripheral nerves decreased

Alzheimer's
Deficits in attention, learning, memory, language
Depression
Night wandering
Aggressiveness or passivity
Failure to recognize family




Innovations to connect with seniors...





Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) or Cerebral Vascular Accidents
More common from cerebral thrombosis than from cerebral hemorrhage
Compounded by smoking, drinking
Headaches
Weakness
Difficulty speaking
Blackouts
Gait disturbances
Delay in reflexes




Parkinson's disease





Nursing Diagnoses:
Risk for ineffective cerebral tissue perfusion
Disturbed sensory perception
Impaired verbal communication

Nursing Interventions:
Assess cognitive abilities
Record LOC
Record sensory abilities
Provide safe environment
Place food in visual field
Alternate communication
Respiratory equipment available
Appropriate cognitive activities
Decrease noise/clutter
Provide orientation: windows, calendars, clocks,
Review life history
Allow autonomy
Assistive devices for ambulation

















References:
Potter, P. A., & Perry, A. G. (2009). Fundamentals of Nursing (7th ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby Elsevier.

Alzheimer's
http://youtu.be/IjTcvNqiqnw

Innovations to connect with seniors
http://youtu.be/fyZQf0p73QM
http://youtu.be/Sd5S_hADV30

Strokes
http://youtu.be/M_fo6ytlmD0


Parkinson's disease:
http://youtu.be/q458IgW-lLk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECkPVTZlfP8&feature=share&list=PL1647DD241C15C95F

Coconut oil
http://youtu.be/DVD7ZuCe3vY